It was all but academic heading into the final round of 2017 Presidents Cup play: the US team, holding a substantial lead and needing just a lone point to clinch yet another title, would emerge victorious over the international squad that it had bested in every prior session. However, one thing remained to be determined— just who would clinch that final point for the Americans?
Seminole Brooks Koepka played well again, but after already winning the 2017 US Open, he’d had his moment in the sun. This spotlight would shine on another, lesser-known former Seminole golfer, Daniel Berger, who really introduced himself to an international audience with his clutch play and fiery demeanor in the shadows of New York City.
Berger made it official for the US when his match with Si Woo Kim went dormie with three holes to play. That is, Berger was up three holes with three holes left, and therefore could not lose, given the match-play format. After already gaining a half point earlier in the day, that guaranteed the United States the half point it needed to once again claim the Presidents Cup against international competition. After being doused with champagne, Berger still won his match outright, and the US captured the title handily, 19-11.
Needless to say, the future is very bright for both Koepka and Berger moving forward.